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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 Good afternnon all,


I'm about to graduate from a 4 year university and I am seriously considering a career in law enforcement. I have wanted to pursue this career for a while and I am about to begin the application process to several departments in my area. The only thing I am concerned about with respect to the application process is the fact that I have used marijuana in the past. My question to all of you is this: How much will this negatively affect me and my chances of becoming a police officer? 


With the cultural climate around marijuana use changing and some states even legalizing recreational marijuana use recently, are departments more willing to overlook some previous marijuana use if the candidate is qualified in other areas? I think that many departments will be hard-pressed to find a candidate that has not experimented with marijuana these days as I currently cannot think of someone I know who has not tried it - even our past three presidents have admitted to experimenting with marijuana. Don't get me wrong, I realize that past drug use does say something about personal character, but I do not believe that my past marijuana use would make me a poor police officer and in fact, may even make me a better officer for having those experiences. I have never done any hard drugs or been involved in anything else that may look bad on an application. 


All in all, I think I would make a good officer and I am determined and motivated to do whatever it takes to pursue this career. The fact is, I cannot change the past and I am currently looking forward to a career where I can both help people and make a difference in my community. I would love to hear from others who might be in the same boat - or those who can offer advice as I begin the application process.


Sorry for the long post.


Any advice/comments are appreciated!


Thanks!

Bald-eagle-in-flight_860_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Read this first...


http://policelink.monster.com/topics/77644-does-prior-drug-use-automatically-disqualify-you-from-an-le-career-check-here-before-you-ask-in-the-threads/posts

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GrayPanther says ...



Read this first...


http://policelink.monster.com/topics/77644-does-prior-drug-use-automatically-disqualify-you-from-an-le-career-check-here-before-you-ask-in-the-threads/posts


 


Thank you. This post does help. My apologies for not seeing this sooner! 


Andrea_and_i_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

GrayPanther has it right. It is a great thread to know what you may come across in getting on the job.. Many of us here know what departments are searching for.. Best of luck to you.